Holiday travel this year is expected to be close to pre-pandemic levels. Right now, there are still guidelines in place that passengers must follow because of COVID-19 — including having to wear a face mask on an airplane. Most airlines implemented mask mandates at the beginning of the pandemic to ensure that air travel precautions were in accordance with the CDC’s COVID-19 guidelines.
But as the pandemic progresses (particularly ahead of the expectedly busy holiday season), many airlines are tightening their COVID restrictions even more, and are now banning cloth face masks altogether.
According to Travel & Leisure, international airlines — including Air France, Finnair, Croatia Airlines and LATAM Airlines, among others — have banned masks made from cloth fabric materials. Instead, passengers are required to opt for a more “protective” disposable mask like a surgical and N95 mask or a KN95 mask.
While mask requirements may vary by the airline and destination, it’s still worth it to invest in a quality, surgical-grade face covering that can best protect you regardless of your carrier — especially ahead of the holidays, when air travel is usually at its busiest.
To help you in your search for the most flight-friendly face masks, ET Style has pulled together some of the best options. Ahead, find the best face masks for travel from Amazon, Evolvetogether, Walmart, MASKC, Target and more. Plus, check out the best celebrity face masks and shop Lululemon’s most stylish face masks.
Celebs love MSKC KN95 masks. When a stylish cloth mask is not an option, these are a good protective option.
A lightweight face mask perfect for traveling, running errands and exercising. This breathable Traveleisure Face Mask has 3,500 reviews and is the adjustable face mask you need.
According to the brand, these masks are intended to help limit irritants like pollen and haze.
This mask provides a minimum of “95% filtration efficiency of 0.3 micron particles,” according to the retailer.
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Kids can never have too many face masks. This disposable face mask is 3-ply, but it’s lightweight enough that it’s comfortable for double-masking. This one comes in a pack of 50 so there are plenty to take on your next trip and meet and mask requirement.